Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS :  Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

STORY – 7.5/10

Ayuzawa Misaki – a Student Council President is very diligent at what she does. She has, however, a certain quirk that makes every male in the school hate her in a sense. She hates men. Misaki wants her school to become more girl-friendly so she is very strict towards men and kind towards women. However, she has a secret she doesn’t want anyone to find out. She works part-time…as a maid in Maid Latte. As usual, the last person she wants to find that out – Usui Takumi – happens to see her in her maid outfit. From now on, the romance story of those two who try to keep this secret to themselves unfolds!

Welcome to the story of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – the very simple, yet amusing one. It’s a shoujo title, so please keep that in mind before progressing any further into the review. It’s a story about a very strict,yet kind Student Council President and a heart-crushing high schooler whose love story is told in the show. It’s not very complicated. It’s not even original, but it has it’s merits that greatly outweigh the downsides

First thing is first, the setting. High school is more than common occurrence and it isn’t very unique here either. The school which they attend has turned into a co-ed school not so long ago, and there still aren’t that many girls in there. Our MC is a girl, and as aforementioned, she is rather strict, and her love interest, or rather, the one who fell in love with her, is a notorious heart-crusher. Doesn’t that sound familiar? It does, but the execution is rather good. We get to see Misaki struggle with her attitude and the students in school because of how she acts towards them. We also see her struggle to keep her part-time job a secret. The comedy lies within various situations that arise with trying to keep it as a secret.

Speaking of comedy, is it any good? For the most part, yeah. It’s a series aimed at girls by the genre, but everyone can enjoy it equally. The comedy is more or less the same throughout the whole show. If I were to name the type of comedy it has, I think I’d go for a “character comedy” rather than “situational”. It’s not the situations that create the most fun moments, but the characters themselves, their dialogue and interactions. Of course, that is not to say that there is no of the latter, but mostly the former.

The romance goes somewhere, and has a lot of sweet moments. It wasn’t the most perfect example of a high school romance, but it was definitely satisfying and entertaining. However, while the story is paced really well, the romance isn’t. When you think something will happen, the status quo will more than likely come back in the next episode, like nothing really happened, even though the characters will mention it every now and then.

The story is definitely coherent, easily understandable and progresses at a considerable pace. Not too slow, not too fast. It answers pretty much everything you could ask for.
Now, that’s not to say that the story is flawless. The main problem I personally had with the series is how the girl was so oblivious towards her love interest. Also, how, even though she was the one in “power” and was kind of idolized, didn’t know how to act and tie the ends. It irritated me to no end, how she couldn’t acknowledge him even though he confessed to her. But, that’s a whole lot of different story. It was the biggest downside the romance story in shoujo genre could ever, in my opinion, hope for.

CHARACTERS – 8/10

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The cast of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is rather big, but only the main ones get enough development to care about them so to speak. While the side characters aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, they just don’t get enough development for whatever reason, thus making them act much more like a plot devices. Not always, but it happens, and not rarely. The main cast of Misaki and Usui is really well done. They both get so much development, as well as their relationship, that you simply can’t not care about them.

All of the cast has really cool personalities that just click together really well. Their interactions are brilliant, and they create the comedy. I was going to say that they carry the show, but I don’t think that’s the case. They are good, but they are nothing too extraordinary in the shoujo genre. If you’ve read/watched a lot of shows from that genre, you’ll not be seeing many different “archetypes” in this one. Not the best ones you could wish for, but definitely satisfactory.

One good thing about Kaichou wa Maid-sama! that doesn’t happen very much in shoujo titles is the main character – Misaki. She isn’t your typical damsel in distress. She is strong. And more often than not, she will solve problems on her own. I thought that was something really worth noting, considering the genre.

Ayuzawa Misaki

Ayuzawa Misaki : High school girl. Misaki is the Student Council President, with strong hate for boys. She, however, cares about the girls a lot, and wants to make her newly co-ed school a much better place for girls that would want to apply in the future. She works part-time in a Maid Latte dressed up as a maid. She is very strong willed, trained in Aikido, and has really strong will. Misaki has semi-long black hair and hazel eyes.

Usui Takumi

Usui Takumi : High school boy. Usui is the so-called “heart-crusher”. He is very handsome, and usually ends up rejecting girls whenever they confess. She falls in love with Misaki when he sees her in her maid outfit. He is very tall with blonde, spiky hair and green eyes. He is very teasy, and calls himself a stalker of Misaki, telling her he enjoys watching her. He tries to act as a bodyguard of Misaki, even though she doesn’t need one.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7.5/10

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The art is what you’d normally see in the shoujo genre. (I know I’ve said it a lot, but, for a lack of better term, I think it’s alright, as I’ve found that pretty much every single series in that genre looks almost the same). It is very bright, colourful with very wide colour palette. Ocassionally, everything is shiny and sparkling. Sometimes, however, characters turn into “chibi” or “wimpy” form of themselves, usually for comedic relief. It’s really pretty, sweet, and almost too cute to my liking..but I liked that nonetheless.

The animation is nothing outstanding really. It has few moments where it looks way more smoother than it really is, but generally it’s pretty generic. It won’t make you cringe and punch the hell out of your desktop, neither will it leave you with awe as well. I for one thought it was really well done and fit wihin the show.

If you’re not a fan of this art, you may want to stay away. And possibly, away from most of shoujo titles, as that’s what they have and do. If you don’t mind, feel free to stay and enjoy the hell out of it.

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SOUNDTRACK – 7/10

The soundtrack of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! wasn’t very memorable. I finished the show very recently, less than a week ago as of writing this actually, and besides the opening, nothing really stood out. There are some cool tunes, mainly the “main theme” so to speak, but the rest just kinda is there. They fit the atmosphere, don’t get me wrong, and they are definitely cool, but not outstanding.

The opening is really cool, catchy and sweet, with the same type of visuals to go along with it. The ending wasn’t really memorable, but it was just fine. Nothing too shabby.

Now, the show has been licensed for dubbing. Here’s the catch. There are, as of now, two dubbings out. One done by Animax, the one I’ve tried, and the other one released in January 2015, which I haven’t got my hands on, by Sentai Filmworks. The thing is, the Animax dub is..shit, for a lack of better (or worse) term. Seriously, it sounds like it’s a fandub and has tons of quality issues. I heard the new dub is hundred times better, but don’t quote me on that, as I haven’t tried it. Just avoid the old dubbing if all possible.

The Japanese Seiyuu performed really well on the contrary. They pictured Usui’s and Misaki’s personalities perfectly, and while they were good, some side actors I thought were kind of off, but nothing too major. Overall, I’d say go for Japanese instead of English, unless you can get your hands on the newly released dub.

FINAL VERDICT – 7.5/10

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – a romance series with high school setting and a quirk in form of Maid Latte employee in it. It’s a very bright and colourful series with rather well developed romance and overaching story, and a set of enjoyable characters. Even though the “more available” dub is..well..shit, the Japanese Seiyuu did perform so nothing to worry about on that front.

The series aimed at girls enjoyed by male alike – Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is the one I recommend who looks for something really sweet with a bit of romance. Not something that will blow your mind with it’s story, but something to chill out to, and enjoy the romance as it slowly progresses towards the oh-so-awaited finalle.

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen

STORY – 9/10

In modern Japan, incident occured. No one really knows why or how, but one day, strange creatures appeared called “Parasytes” and entered bodies of various humans. Shinichi Izumi, a high school student, came back from school after a tiring day, and went to sleep. What he didn’t expect, however, was a “snake” that tried to enter his body and take control over it. Acting on an instinct he tied the wire around his arm to prevent the “snake” from entering his body, and went to sleep. When he woke up, his arm wasn’t really his anymore. That being he thought was a “snake”, in reality was a Parasyte and apparently it failed to take control over him. Now, his right arm is not under his control, and the Parasyte is called Migi. Shinichi now has to learn how to live with him, how to cover up for him, and also learns what it means to “not be human”.

Welcome to Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, or Parasyte: The Maxim in English. The story is set in modern Japan, but is said to happen all over the world, meaning that it gives us a lot of exposure towards the world itself, even though we are mainly focused on the Japan part. It is very coherent. I mean it when I say it. It’s really well put together, and does explain pretty much everything you could ever ask for. Pretty much, because some things, while mentioned, don’t get explained to a point where it satisfies the viewer. Sadly, but nothing can be done about it.

The Parasytes themselves are also really well done. I can’t really say if they were the antagonists, because as the story goes on, and we learn more about them, nothing about them strikes us as “bad” or “evil” per say. They are the epitome of something that was planned since the very start, and they had close to zero additions that would make them worse as the story went on. Talk about something amazing huh? They, as well as characters, also undergo various changes and that’s what makes them hard to “put into a definite category”.

Story has romantic plotlines. They are not of the highest mark, but they aren’t very subtle either and oh boy do the go somewhere… Basically, our protagonist undergoes many changes that change his perspective on the world and people around him. He struggles to keep the indentity of his right arm hidden, and as such, is mostly afraid that Migi will simply kill the ones he holds dear to his heart. As such, his interactions with friends, family are mostly limited. In my opinion , this adds a lot to the seriousness of the series itself. It shows that having a Parasyte co-existing within you isn’t as much fun as many people thought. The show did a great job portraying Izumi’s fear of his closest people dying because of Migi.

If there was a bad thing about the story, it definitely has to go towards aforementioned things that aren’t fully explained. If you’ve already watched the show, you know exactly what I mean. If not, you’ll see. It’s not the biggest thing in the world to be fair, everything gets explained more or less. It just so happened that one of the more important topics got explained in less detail than many hoped it would. Besides that, the pacing is really good, and the story is coherent, keeping pretty much the same standard throughout the whole thing.

CHARACTERS – 9/10

Characters

The characters of Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu are awesome. They are very unique, and while they may give you the impression of being archetype of some sorts, don’t buy into that, because most likely this will change in few scenes. Their interactions seem real, as well as the emotions their actions convey.

Big shoutout to the series for the character development! Izumi undergoes a lot of changes in very quick succession, and then he has to adjust to those changes, changing even further..Yeah, a lot of stuff happens to him. He isn’t the only one who gets developed though, as many other side characters, be it friends, family or even villains, get a lot of development. Their motives are clearly explained, and their personalities change throughout the show.

Some of the characters, while developed, can be pretty irritating. Now, I won’t tell you which one, because I thought that particular character was a really good one, but that character repeats few lines a lot of times to a point of downright hate. No joke.

Shinichi Izumi

Shinichi Izumi : A 16 year old high school student at the start of the series. He has brown hair and wears glasses. Shinichi is a thoughtful and nice person who is considered a bit of a wimp. He undergoes various changes, because of which he becomes less emphatic and more distant. He cares a lot about his friends and family, and is afraid of his monstrous side killing them one day.

Satomi Murano

Satomi Murano : A 16 year old high school girl. She has maroone hair. Satomi is depicted to be a very average young girl with a overall cheerful attitude. She is shown to have interest in Shinichi at the beginning of the show. She is also shown to greatly care about her friends and Shinichi as well, as shown when Satomi often goes to Shinichi’s house to check on him when he’s missed school.

Migi

Migi : A Parasyte. Migi lacks emotions that come from being a genuine human. His main goal is to keep himself and his host, Shinichi, alive, even if it means killing his own kind, or Shinichi’s friends and family. Due to his curious nature, he reads a lot, and is quite intelligent as he learned Japanese in 1 day. He is also very cynical.

Kimishima Kana

Kana Kimishima : A 16 year old girl. She stops the fight in which Izumi is involved, and gets afraid of what she sees in his eyes. She begins to develop a crush on Shinichi from that moment. She is a very determined girl, the one which will not give up easily. She is also rather calm and care-free.

ANIMATION AND ART – 9.5/10

Art and Animation

Parasyte: The Maxim deserves a really high note for it’s technical side, both in visuals and in sound, but more on the latter later. Visually the show is stunning. I could very well end in on that, but that would be pretty lackluster and bad wouldn’t it? Alright, let’s start from scratch..

The art style for Kiseijuu is a modernized version of the manga’s one. It looks really well, and fits well into today’s standards. It’s very pretty, detailed, with a big colour palette. It’s also very vivid and colourful when the situation is right. Otherwise, it keeps the colours on the bleached-out side of things, with ocassional gory stuff flying around.

I forgot to mention that before,  but here I am to make sure people realize it. This show is gory. And creepy. The blood, dismemberment and the likes are here awaiting you at every corner. The creepy part of the show are Parasytes themselves, quite frankly! They can shapeshift, and when they do..well, let’s just say that some people couldn’t finish 6 episodes because of the creepiness level. If it doesn’t bug you out in the slightest that heads are sliced open, and sometimes bodies as a whole, then you’re in for a wild ride!

From the animation’s stand point, the show is just as stunning as it is with art’s. MadHouse did deliver in that aspect, and the show is animated really, really well. It’s one of the most fluid animations in recent memory done by a studio not named ufotable. It’s really good, outstanding, and you will be amazed just by watching.

It basically has no bad sides to it. It’s obviously not perfect, there are ocassional slip-ups in characters’ faces, but it’s mostly in the background ones, so I would come out as really nitpicky if I pointed it out as a bad side, though it’s still worth mentioning.

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SOUNDTRACK – 10/10

This is very subjective. The show mixes dubstep music with chores and rock. Now, I am no fan of dubstep. Quite frankly, I despise the hell out of it. However, the way it was used in this show, and the genres it was mixed with made it so good, that I bought the whole soundtrack the moment it came out and listen to it on daily basis. It’s amazing, adds a lot to the show, and like I’ve mentioned, it’s amazing as a stand alone. It’s highly subjective though, like I’ve also mentioned, as you may not like that particular combination. It’s very distinct, but I think it’ll be right up your alley. (Considering I love it, and I listen to Behemoth, Vader and Amon Amarth on daily basis as well..that speaks for itself)

The series’ opening is amazing. It has really nice visuals and the song itself is really good. With that said, the ending is not a bad one either. It’s really cool, calm, complete opposite of the opening. It’s visuals are also pictures but it just adds to the calmness of it.

Parasyte, as of writing this review, has not been lincensed for English dubbing. The Japanese cast is doing a really good job though. Special shoutout to Izumi’s , Migi’s and Kana’s Seiyuu’s, as they performed magnificently. They adapted to the characters’ growth and development, and didn’t sound stale. The rest of the cast was fine. No one really stood out besides those three, but that doesn’t mean they were bad.

Bad side of the ost? The cheesiness of it. If it somehow doesn’t connect with you, you’re gonna hate it, and since it’s everywhere in the show..your opinion on the show will drop.

FINAL VERDICT – 9/10

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, Parasyte: The Maxim or simply the Parasyte is a show that I would consider too good to miss. It has this feeling of the old manga to it, while at the same time having a lot of modern themes within, such as music, for example. It’s also one of the most beautiful shows in recent memory, which only adds to the fact that it’s worth watching.

With all that said, make no mistake about it. It’s a gory seinen story. If you can’t stand creepy or gory things, you may want to skip this entirely, or see first three episodes to see if this is what you are capable of handling.
If there are no problems on your end, you’re more than likely gonna enjoy the hell out of this series. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a series that doesn’t hide the fact it’s going to be gritty, while at the same time has this feel to it like it’s very old, yet new.

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Review

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Table of Contents 

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem

STORY – 8/10

Tomoyo Aki, a high school otaku working part-time to support his BD hoarding. One day an event happened, the likes of which you’d see in games,books or movies, he met the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Since that moment, he decided to create an galgame – a VN in a sense with perverted content in it – and include her as the main heroine. To help him out, he asks his childhood friend – manga artist for art and his senpai from school – a novel writer for the story. Now, the tale of a not quite doujin circle nor indie studio’s journey through the struggles of creating a game have begun!

Welcome to Saekano, or How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend in English release. It’s semi-common story revolving around rather talented high school students that team up to create a game. It’s been done before, with the same “project” (game in this scenario) or slightly different (see : Bakuman). What makes it so good then? I’d be lying if I said nothing, because the execution is really good. It takes the best parts the show has going for it, and rolls with them.

The most important part of the story is comedy. It’s situational, doesn’t feel forced and completely fits in the atmosphere. It varies greatly as to what exactly we are supposed to be laughing at, but for the most part its as much universal as you can imagine. And that’s a really good thing. Besides that, the harem part is also really well done. It’s not like it goes anywhere, because unfortunately, it doesn’t. What makes it that much better is how it all plays out. Our MC, Tomoya, is oblivious, yes, BUT that doesn’t make him bad in this scenario, unlike many others. He tags along, to a certain degree, with girls’ wishes and tries his hardest to make them happy..you know, the game ain’t gonna finish itself. One more thing that differentiates him between many other harem MC’s is that he will be interrupting them, he will shout at them or tell them to stop. It’s not like he’ll happily sit quiet in a corner or on the bed like any other MC would do. He will do everything he can to achieve his dream, and if the girls start a quarell, you’d better watch out, he will stop it really soon.

There is romance, but same with harem, it doesn’t really go anywhere, although there is some progress that could be considered important. But, that issue becomes irrevelant, as second season IS announced, no date yet..but you know, just that makes anything regarding issues with romance neglectable.

If there was a bad thing when it comes to the story, the simplesness of it. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s a really good and coherent story, but it’s way too simple. Also harem and ecchi tags may be a put off for many of you. Even though the latter tag isn’t thrown in your face, it’s still there.

CHARACTERS – 9/10

Characters

How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend’s set of characters carries the show really hard. At first glance, you’re presented to a cold upperclassman, tsundere childhood friend, shy but overly kind friend…Stereotypical characters, aren’t they? What sets them apart is just how much lovable they are. Their mix, or rather, their personalities make up for their archetype nature, in turn forcing them to stand out.

The conversations they create are also amazing, and they are the source of the comedy. Characters compliment each other really well, usually creating tense but humorous atmosphere around them.

Besides them being the stereotypical characters at the very core, not much bad you can say about them besides that very fact. Yes, the set of those archetypes is pretty common, but they are different in more ways than one, and every character is lovable. I’ve said it before, and I’ll sait it again – They do carry the show. And they carry it hard.

Aki Tomoya

Tomoyo Aki : A high school student, and otaku. He is of average height with dark hair and glasses. He is very passionate, as well as loud whenever girls start yet another quarrell. His dream is to create a galgame that will be a big hit. He was charmed by Megumi Kato when he saw her, instantly wanting her as the heroine for his game.

Megumi Kato

Megumi Kato : A high school girl with short brown hair. She is very generic, bland..yet managed to get Tomoyo fall in love with her, very much so that even he can’t say why exactly. She is very kind, shy and stealthy, making people forget she is in the room. She is “normal to the core”.

Eriri Spencer Sawamura

Eriri Spencer Sawamura : Tomoyo’s half-foreign childhood friend (Japanese/British). Blonde high school girl with Tsundere personality. She is well known in doujin circles for drawing hentai manga. Tomoyo wants her in “his team” because he is aware of her talent. She is very popular, inteligent and elegant. Joins in Aki’s efforts even though he “wastes her time with such a retarded project.”

Utaha Kasumigaoka

Utaha Kasumigaoka : A high school girl with long purplish hair. She is well known in doujin circles for writing amazing novels. She is usually cold and composed, but lets herself loose when with Tomoyo and others. She then becomes more sarcastic, with rather sharp tongue. As Eriri, she is very popular, inteligent and elegant. She is also perfect in aspects any female would want: Beautiful, intelligent, graceful, cold, and composed.

Michiru Hyodo

Michiru Hyoudou : Born on the same day as Tomoyo, she is his cousin. Michiru is kind and caring, but she can also be childish sometimes. She also seems to be naturally cheerful and kind, as she is usually seen with a smile on her face. However, she also has shown to be serious and matured. She often expressess her feelings for Tomoyo physically, he does the same, with neither of them caring they are opposite genders. Michiru thinks pretty much only about her band “Icy Tail”.

ANIMATION AND ART – 8.5/10

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Saekano has a very pretty art. It’s very bright, colourful with rich colour palette. Also, sometimes, the show puts more emphasis on the contours using different colours making it a bit more unique. It’s really good art, especially considering it’s got ecchi and school tags, none of which received a really good art in recent years. This is one of those few exceptions to the rule, where it’s got it, and even more.

The animation is very ordinary, with few scenes having rather amazing one for a show of this type. Nothing too outstanding or too underwhelming. It definitely won’t make you gouge your eyes out screaming in terror because you’ve witnessed a slide show. It’s more fluid than “skippy”, which is something that by now should be considered a standard, yet it’s not.

The animation and art department doesn’t have anything wrong going for it really. It’s not outstanding, sure, but nor is it underwhelming. It’s pretty, fluid, and what’s most important, really nice to look at. It suffers from too small budget for a show with such tags, but besides that nothing is wrong with it.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8/10

The soundtrack in and of itself is nothing too spectacular. Sure, it’s got few catchy and cool songs here and there, but nothing too fancy. It had a rather warm and happy feel to it, with few “darker” tunes to add to the drama. It’s okey, not too amazing but nothing too bad either.

The opening is very catchy, with some cool visuals to go along for the ride. It’s warm, and happy. Same with the ending. It’s really well done, and I think I’d go for the ending instead of opening in this show.

The voice acting is something else. The voices fit the characters, and actors and actresses are able to bring out the emotions out of the persona they voice. They made the characters. And they were fantastic.
Unfortunately, the show hasn’t been dubbed yet. There is hoping it’ll happen, but we won’t really know until’ the announcement.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Saekano or How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend is a really good show. End. Until the next time, bye bye!

Sexy

Nah, it’s not that simple. The series is very fun, making great use out of comedy and characters it has. It’s bright, colourful, with a happy soundtrack to go along with the amazing voice acting job. It suffers from “stereotypical characters at first glance” but they grow out of their archetypes, and create something really cool, something that you can chill out to.

With all that in mind, I recommend this show to anyone regardless of your preferences. It’s got the comedy, some ecchi, some romance, some school life. It doesn’t have action, unless you count a few bits here and there taken from the game. So, one last time : Saekano, a very good series, that you should be watching right now, and I have no idea what are you doing if you aren’t!

Hataraku Maou-sama! Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen

STORY – 8/10

In a different world, Ente Isla, Satan has almost conquered his world. Almost, as he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to open a portal to another world to escape his doom. He takes with him Ashiya, one of the Demon Generals, and travels to another world. They end up in modern-day Tokyo, without any knowledge, and realize they can’t regenerate their magic! Satan quickly thinks up a different plan – He will conquer this world, by blending with the society and rising up its ranks. So, he ends up in MgRonald as a freeter as his first step towards conquering the world! Little does Satan know, however, that the Hero Emilia is also in this world..

Hataraku Maou-sama!, or Devil is a Part-Timer!, a comedy series with a really serious backstory. No, I am serious here. The story that premise speaks of seems very common, almost to a point of it being overused. But, while most series try to go into the action genre with it, Devil is a Part-Timer! goes in a different direction, focusing more on the comedy aspects. The comedy revolves around particular scenes rather than creating goofy atmosphere, and it delivers on that front beautifully.

It’s carried by it’s comedy and characters, but more on that later. What I will say is as follows :
Do not go into Devil is a Part-Timer! expecting mind-blowing actions scenes..or anything remotely related to that. It is a comedy about a Satan who works in a real-world equivalent of McDonald for screaming out loud. The story, if not for the comedy, would have been worse, much worse. The comedy itself isn’t forced, it feels natural, and that’s what makes it that much better. I actually laughed my ass off while watching the series.
Besides that, there is also a romantic plotline, which is executed really well. It doesn’t go “anywhere” sadly, but there’s hoping second season will appear. As it stands, it’s really sweet, seems realistic, but it’s lacking.

The execution is really good. The downside would be the unresolved, or rather, kinda forgotten plotline of going back to Ente Isla. Midway through the season, it seems that it became a thing of the past, rarely if ever mentioned. It could be explained with a dialogue that actually happened, but leaving it somewhat unresolved seemed like a bummer.

CHARACTERS – 8.5/10

Characters

Devil is a Part-Timer! has somewhat common character archetypes. And while they are pretty typical, make no mistake about them, they are all fantastic. They made the show what it was, and provide a great deal of enjoyment. I say that, and some people may call me out on that saying “..but how are they any good if they are archetypes?”. Well, that is a fair question, and the answer is a very easy one : because their interactions are unique, and slightly distort the stereotypical behaviour of their personalities. After all, it’s a comedy show, and the cast at hand delivers ten fold.

If there was a bad thing to say about characters, I’d very much like to write it down, but unfortunately, I couldn’t pinpoint any major flaws they had. If you simply cannot stand a show with at least ONE Tsundere character, you may want to avoid the show, or watch first three episodes and see if it’s right down your alley. That particular character you may, or may not, find quite irritating after a while, especially her “tsuntsun” tendencies. But, after all is said and done, you’ll appreciate that part of her, as without it..she’d be rather shallow.

Maou

Sadao Maou : Average height man with orange-red eyes and black hair. In his human form, Maou is fairly slim. He retains his quirk for speeches and poses from Ente Isla. He appears to care a lot about Chiho, Ashiya, and Emilia even though he is a Satan. He is well respected at work, and tries to avoid causing any conflicts on Earth.

Emilia

Emi Yusa : Emilia, or Emi, is a strong-willed and determined hero, displaying many admirable qualities befitting of one in her position; among which are a pure heart, boundless courage, unwavering loyalty to those closest to her, and a deep-seated desire to protect the innocent. She is also a Tsundere with long red hair and yellow-green eyes. She doesn’t trust Maou, and doesn’t understand his actions on Earth.

Ashiya

Shirou Ashiya :  Ashiya is extremely loyal to Maou, he takes care of the domestic duties at home and goes to the library to research ways to regain their powers. He helps Maou in any way he can, and gets depressed really easy when someone mentions that he is living with his King like a poor people. He has semi-long blonde hair and brown eyes. He is also fairly tall.

Chiho

Chiho Sasaki : Chicho is an average teenange girl, she is rather short with highly curvaceous figure. That fact is noted by several people and envied by other girls, especially Emi. She has strong will, and is very hard-working person. Chicho also loves Maou, and gets jealous very easily whenever she sees him with Emi, thinking all kinds of things about their relationship. She also works at MgRonald with Maou.

ANIMATION AND ART – 8/10

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Art of the show is rather pretty. It’s pleasant to look at, nothing that will put you off. The characters are drawn really well, the fights, surprisingly, are really well animated, and the effects look cool. Backgrounds are also relatively well done, but nothing in the art department, besides the designs of some characters, is outstanding. It’s a real eye-candy to be fair, with very bright colours and a big colour palette.
Special mention to the faces, as they are hilarious. Just hilarious.

The animation is nothing to write home about. It’s decent, and like I’ve mentioned, the fights that do happen are really well animated all things considered. There is nothing wrong with it, considering it’s an comedy show. I really liked it, and didn’t struggle to watch the series because of it.

Can’t really write anything more, as it, while pretty, was pretty much decent. It didn’t look bad by any means, but didn’t stand out in the grand scheme of things.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8.5/10

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not a masterpiece of a soundtrack, nor is it something really great. It’s relatively decent, fitting in the atmosphere of the show. It isn’t really amazing to listen to on it’s own, but adds a lot to the scenes, making them much more fun. It uses various tunes with relative success, they are, for the most part, just your typical soundtrack you will find in many other anime out there.

The opening is really cool with nice visuals. It’s rather catchy, setting the tone for the show. Ending is also really cool, with Chiho picture and camera slowly working its way up from the bottom of the picture towards the top. It’s not the best ending ever, nor is it any bad. It’s a very decent one, but could’ve been much better.

With that, you may wonder why the Soundtrack is rated so highly. Here is the reason : Voice Actors. Japanese Seiyuu are just fantastic, they fit the characters, and overall breathe so much life into the show, I wouldn’t imagine any other taking over their roles.

Special mentioned to the English cast, as the show is licensed by Funimation, as I found watching the show dubbed much better experience. That rarely if ever happens to me, but the dubbing is just fantastic. Hence the reason the soundtrack is rated so highly ladies and gentlemen.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Final Words

Hataraku Maou-sama! or Devil is a Part-Timer! in English, is a very good comedy show. It’s very stupid show to be fair, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s the total opposite. It’s comedy is fairly universal, meaning that pretty much everyone can enjoy it. It’s one of those titles that appear every season with different amount of success, and in that case, the success is present. The series is something that I’ll be recommending for days to come to anyone who wants to see something slightly different than usual, and wants to spend the time laughing, while enjoying the living hell out of the show.

It’s not without it’s flaws, obviously, but that didn’t stop me, nor many other people, from enjoying it. And, I believe, you’ll also be able to enjoy it to the fullest.

Shingeki no Kyojin Review

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  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power

STORY – 8.5/10

Several hundred years ago, the humanity was nearly annihilated by Titans – few metres tall human-like creatures who seem to have no intelligence, and they devour humans for pleasure rather than as source of food. Small percentage of humanity survived by hiding themselves in a city protected by very high walls – taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward few hundred years, and the city hasn’t seen a Titan in over 100 years. Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman – foster siblings witness a Titan appearing out of nowhere, and destroying the walls that protect the city. As Titans flood the city in order to feed and devour humans, the children witness their mother being eaten alive by one of them. From that day, Eren vows to murder every single living Titan as a member of army.

Every once in a while a series comes along, that seem rather ordinary, but after the very first episode, internet explodes with people on every forum possible saying that this is the “Anime of the Year”. One of the best examples would be Sword Art Online, and the anime that I’ll be reviewing right now – Shingeki no Kyojin, or, as people in the west know it, Attack on Titan. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out.

The story of Shingeki no Kyojin isn’t something you would call uncommon. Humanity almost destroyed? Seen. Some threat that was gone for hundred of years comes back? ‘Been there, done that. So, what exactly is so good about it? The execution. What it has going for it is the atmosphere it creates. It’s the tension, and the feeling that “Oh sh*t, he is going to die!” that makes it stand out.
Before I continue with the rest, let me clarify one thing – Attack on Titan isn’t for everyone. It’s a very gory show, and doesn’t screw around with portrayal of deaths. It has them all, in various different ways. If you can’t really stand gory things, and blood, you may want to avoid the show entirely – it has no censorship, and there is a big amount of violence.

Alright, so with that out of the way let’s look at other positive aspects of the story. Like I’ve mentioned, it’s executed really damn well, much thanks to the “antagonists” of it – Titans themselves. They are creepy, humanoid creatures that devour humans for pleasure. It’s not a stretch to say they are creepy – You could potentially go even further and create tons of creepy pastas around them. They are naked, big, and some of them even wear smiles when they slay humans. If that’s not creepy and amazing at the same time, then I don’t know what is.

There is, however, the middle part of the series. It’s..hard to get through, because it’s paced poorly, unlike the beginning and latter part of it. It’s mainly done so because there is a lot of dialogue, some needed – some not, but that’s the main reason. It kinda gives you the feeling that the series would do fine with 12 episodes, but more like 20 would be needed.

After all is said and done, the series has a really amazing story that suffers from the pacing issue, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not really a major flaw.

CHARACTERS – 7.5/10

Characters

Shingeki no Kyojin has rather archetype set of characters. Revenge-driven main protagonist, smart but easily scared friend, cold but badass killing machine female, cold and badass killing machine superior…I can go on and on, but you get the point. They are not bad by any means, but they are rather bland compared to characters present in other series. They, however, have some traits that make them not-so-boring in most cases. Their mix is fairly good, the interactions between characters that have no idea if they’ll wake up tomorrow are also done really well, kept in the “post-apocalyptic” world scenario. They fear for their lives, and that’s how it should be, unlike some other series where characters have no fear.

Eren Jaeger

Eren Jaeger : A 15 year old revenge-driven boy. He is hardheaded, passionate and very impulsive. He has a very strong determination to protect mankind and escape the walls. He wants to see the world outside without the fear of Titans. He was intent on joining the Survey Corps since his childhood, which resulted in arguments with his mother, as he referred to the people in the city as “silly” and compared them to complacent livestock.

Mikasa Ackerman

Mikasa Ackerman : A 15 year old girl. Mikasa’s parents got murdered, and Eren saved her, thus she became his foster sister. She is emotionally withdrawn for the most part, and very cold. She is almost over-supportive of Eren, and will do anything for him, as well as Armin. She is influenced by Eren who told her to fight if she wants to survive. She is one of the best soldiers with phenomenal skills, but remains humble.

Armin Arlert

Armin Arlert : A 15 year old boy. Armin is exceptionally loyal and selfless, constantly worrying for the safety of his friends. Armin is also very level-headed, keeping Eren and Mikasa under control when their emotions get the better of them, which happens a lot. He is very intelligent, and devises almost perfect strategies with the highest chance of survival. He has very low self-esteem, and was always protected by Eren and Mikasa.

ANIMATION AND ART – 9/10

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The art of the show is unique, with black lines as contours. It’s very vivid, with bleached-out colour for the most part thus making it not very bright. It’s rather pleasant to look at compared to what the manga counter-part has to offer. The art is very detailed, and doesn’t have many “awkward” moments, if any.
It’s also worth noting that female characters don’t just wear skirts and ocassionally panties. Female and Male alike, they all wear the same uniforms, which is a good thing, yet very often overlooked in favour of fan service.

The animation is beautiful, especially the scenes that include 3D-Maneuvering Gear. It just feels amazing to see everything running smoothly. It really does deliver on that front. Can’t say it’s flawless, of course not, but it’s as close to being it as it was possible given the studio behind it is not ufotable (fanboy much? maybe..). Back to the point however, it’s a pleasure to watch this show. It’s technical side doesn’t stop being good here though…

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SOUNDTRACK – 10/10

Alright, 10/10 would listen to again. Got it ? Okey, cool, let’s move on..

Or so I’d like to say, but it’s impossible not to talk about the soundtrack of Shingeki no Kyojin. It’s simply beautiful. It’s one of those soundtracks, that no matter how many times you listen to it, it only gets better. It’s a really good mix of instrumental tracks with some over-the-top badass action tunes. They create one hell of a soundtrack to be fair. I simply adore it.

Both openings are..simply amazing. While I prefer the first one, the second one has its merits as well. They also have amazing visuals. The endings are also relatively well, though fall flat in comparison with intros. But to each’s own.

The show has been licensed for dubbing by Funimation..and while the dub is here, it’s not that good in my opinion. It does it’s job, yes, but the Japanese Seiyuu just do much..muuuch better job. I didn’t finish the show dubbed, heck, I didn’t even get to the halfway point because I couldn’t stand the voices. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s one of those dubs where the idea was good, but the execution was poor.

FINAL VERDICT – 8.5/10

Shingeki no Kyojin, or if you prefer, Attack on Titan is a really good show. It’s very gory, full of tension and simply astounding technical side mixed with some rather well designed story and okey characters. It does live up to the hype of it being an amazing show..and possibly the AotY in which it was airing. The ending didn’t really resolve anything, but we know that season 2 is coming up in 2016, so nothing is really wrong with it. If you’re looking for the show that is gory, characters die and body count is over 9000, Attack on Titan is your best pick and you just can’t go wrong with it.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders Review

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  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural

STORY – 8.5/10

Set almost 50 years after events of first season, Joseph Joestar – now an old man – arrives in Japan. His grandson, Jotaro, is locked in a cell and refuses to leave, claiming that he is being possessed by an evil spirit that brings him everything he wants. Joseph isn’t alone, however, and brought with him his friend, Muhammad Avdol, to make Jotaro leave the prison. Avdol has the spirit as well, and calls him Magician’s Red, and then forces Jotaro out. They explain to him that his spirit is in fact a “Stand”, a power that manifests itself like a Guardian Angel. This power awoke in Jotaro and Joseph because of Dio, who is now in possession of Jonathan’s body awoke this power aswell. The bad news – Jotaro’s mother, Holly, got Stand as well, but she isn’t powerful enough to wield it, and will die in 50 days if Dio isn’t defeated. Now, Jotaro, Joseph and Avdol resolve themselves to defeat Dio and finally bring an end to the one who killed Jonathan and brought misfortune upon Joestar family.

Welcome to the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders! This series is a little bit more serious than it’s predecessor, with it’s body count being slightly higher. So, what’s the thing with it’s story. Well, the most badass villain comes back, now even more powerful than ever! Jotaro and co. now have to travel to Egypt to defeat him.

Hirohiko Araki, the author of JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken is rather clever, he avoided something that most shounen-type series fall into. Our characters aren’t strong enough to fight Dio when we meet them. Normally, you’d see a Battle Tournament arc where they power up. It’s not here, so what did Araki do? Enemies try to kill our characters before they get to Egypt. Doesn’t seem like a major thing, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a big deal. Dio sent many Stand users to hunt our main cast, making the tournament arc unnecessary, as with each fight they learn more of the Stand’s types and powers they may have, while making them stronger.

Speaking of Stands, they are like Guardian Angels. They can’t speak by themselves, but the user can speak using them. Each of them has different abilities and is good at something else. Their types vary from simple destructive power to much more complicated things that prove a hard obstacle to overcome. This is one of those powers that’s one of the best things to happen in any given series. While something may appear overpowered, it has weaknesses, and figuring that out is the key part of fighting a Stand user. Also, once again, the series shines in fights. Protagonists more often than not cannot defeat an enemy with just fists. They have to use their brains and think about how to approach things, or else they may all die instantly.

This series may also be called somehow episodic, with travel to Egypt to fight Dio seen all the time. You can say it’s “Villain of the week” type of thing, where usually 2 episodes are about one villain, rince and repeat. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as trying to contain some villains into one episode thing would make the series really bad. Instead, they are more often than not given 2 episodes to shine and impress, fleshing them out much better. This can be considered a bad thing depending on how you look at it, but keeping in mind that this way we avoid the standard tournament arc, it’s a great idea.

Other bad things? Can’t really find any. Some complained that protagonist don’t really power-up until the last fight, but that’s not necessarily true, as they grow and mature, learning more ways to defeat enemies and ultimately fighting off with Dio and his powerful Stand. Worth mentioning is the fact that there is no plot armor. The characters CAN and WILL die.

CHARACTERS – 10/10

Characters

Once again, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders delivers when it comes to it’s characters. Their personalities are vastly different, and more often than not our main cast won’t really get along in random chit-chats. Each of them has different reasons to fight Dio and his army of Stand users. Truth be told, even villains in this series are amazing, no matter how much screen time they’ve got. Their powers really fit them, developing their personalities even further. The mixture of protagonists’ personalities is amazing. They complement each other really well, creating a lot of fun comedic gags.

Jotaro Kujo

Jotaro Kujo : A 17 years old high school student. Jotaro is very tall muscular man, being introduced as kind of deliquent. However, he is dedicated, fair and loyal. His mother commented that he his a good kid inside. Jotaro is highly perceptive, intelligent and quick-witted, while appearing to have a disinterested attitude. Jotaro is very unforgiving when it comes to enemies, and doesn’t let him emotions show outside.

Joseph Joestar

Joseph Joestar : Now an old man, Joseph comes back to action! He is pretty much the same as he was in Part 2, only as an irascible old man with temper and the same mischievous spirit. He is much more surprised and will more often than not shout English interjections (Oh my god! Oh no! most of the time) to match it. Due to his age, he is often seen as the leader of the group and will give them orders. He is very intelligent and has knowledge on many subjects, although on some he just fakes it.

Muhammad Avdol

Muhammad Avdol : Tall, muscular man with black skin. Avdol is very intelligent person, and knows many things about enemies Stands. He is serious and responsible, but cares a lot about his friends. He is the calm one in the group for the most part, not as impulsive or cold as the others, and as such, he is the voice of reason in the group. He is also professional fortune teller as well as skilled fighter.

Noriaki Kakyoin

Noriaki Kakyoin : A high school student just like Jotaro. He is manipulated by Dio to attack Joseph and Jotaro early on, but is quickly defeated by the latter and joins the ranks, being grateful to Jotaro for helping him to leave Dio’s side. He is rather cold, but intelligent man, with warm side to him on the inside. Kakyoin is also a loyal fighter and will support his friends actively for things taht are ethically right. He is straight forward, but nice, and resents people who plot in secret.

Jean Pierre Polnareff

Jean Pierre Polnareff : Tall, muscular man with silver hair. He is the stereotypical “good-natured klutz” in a way. He is heroic and protective of the people he cares about, but doesn’t appear as the “brain type” fighter. He is impulsive, loud and quick to jump into action. He has the least problems showing his feelings, and adds a lot of humour to what would otherwise be a rather cold team, considering Kaykoin and Jotaro in particular are very cold characters.

Dio Brando

Dio Brando : A vampire over 100 years old. His body from below head belongs to grandfather of Joseph, Jonathan Joestar, and he is the reason why the rest of Joestar family bloodline awoke Stands. He tries to take over the world, having what is described as the most powerful Stand in the world. His evil charms enslaved many people and led them to follow him at the cost of their lives, bringing a lot of trouble to our protagonists. He is very manipulative but charming, and his appearance as a whole isn’t really shown until the very last episodes.

ANIMATION AND ART – 8.5/10

Art

The art of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is very manga-like once again. It’s very detailed, colourful and vivid, not necessarily bright at all times. The colour palette changes very often, so some people may find it hard to distinguish the real colours of clothes of the characters, same with their hair. It’s a trademark JoJo’s art that many people simply love and adore.

Stand designs are also really good and well thought-out . They are different in their looks and colour palette, making each one unique and while some may seem similar, there isn’t two that are exactly like each other just with different colours.

Once again, visible in the picture above, the SFX (Sound Effects) Characters make their presence felt. They are something that this series really needs at this point in order to keep it..well, itself. It’s a really good thing to have at this point, as it emphasizes many points which otherwise would’ve been taken for granted.

Once again, the show’s animation is different than it most shows, but it’s really good regardless. It keeps the same standard throughout the whole show, with stepping up when the fights happen. It does look amazing when they do. It’s fluid, but for the most part nothing extraordinary.

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SOUNDTRACK – 9.5/10

Stardust Crusaders contain many..many amazing tunes. Varying from top-notch battle music, to more calm ones, and jumping straight into some eastern traditional remixes. Their mix is fantastic, and they are used in perfect situations. Adding a lot to the show, they are also great as a standalone tracks, being used in various “Best Anime OST of XXXX” compilations on youtube, as well as various other AMV’s. It’s very climatic, and in a way carries the show. The series wouldn’t have been that good without it in my opinion.

Series has two openings, one for each part, and FOUR endings. While in reality you may call them two endings, there is 2 special ones, as well as openings on last episode are specials, with sound effects added on top of music and visuals. Every OP and ED is amazing on it’s own right, however the Second Opening Special from the last episode is above amazing.

The show hasn’t been licensed yet for dubbing, but the Japanese Seiyuu are doing really well. Especially Joseph’s and Polnareff’s VA, in my opinion they stood out the most, doing many amazing things with their voice act throughout the whole show. That is not to say that the rest was slacking, they weren’t, just the performance of those two stuck in my head.

FINAL VERDICT – 9.5/10

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders is an awaited and well deserved sequel to JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (2012). It’s a great continuation, resolving everything that there is right now. It has superb characters and story, on top of simply marvellous soundtrack and great art and animation. If there’s something you may dislike, you’ve probably disliked in the first season. Other thing would probably be the episodic nature of it, but if it’s not a problem for you, and you were looking for something without tournament arc, this series is right up your alley!

Nanatsu no Taizai Review

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  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

STORY – 8.5/10

The “Seven Deadly Sins,” a group of evil knights who conspired to overthrow the kingdom of Britannia, were said to have disappeared or killed by the Holy Knights, although some claim that they still live. Ten years later, the Holy Knights have staged a coup d’état and assasinated the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the king’s third daughter, sets out on a journey to find the “Seven Deadly Sins,” and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.

Welcome to Nanatsu no Taizai, the cliché shounen story that surprisingly is way better than it’d appear from the synopsis, which isn’t all that informational. I decided this time to use the one from MAL, as it doesn’t even come close to describing it and contains some misinformation.
So what is the story fo Seven Deadly Sins?

In the land of Britannia, more specifically one of its lands, Kingdom of Liones, a certain event happened ten years ago. Seven Deadly Sins – Seven Knights said to be the most powerful knights the Kingdom had, planned to overthrow the Kingdom, and killed The Great Holy Knight. When escaping, they killed a lot of Holy Knights that were no match for them and went into hiding. Now, go back to current timeline, the Holy Knights staged a coup d’état and imprisoned the King with his family. One of his daughters, Elizabeth, escaped from that fate, and went looking for the knights that were said to be dead or hiding – the Seven Deadly Sins. She stumbles across a certain bar, Boar Hat, and finds Meliodas, the captain of Seven Deadly Sins. They then embark on a journey to find the rest of the sins and help Elizabeth regain the Kingdom.

That’s the proper outline of the story of Nanatsu no Taizai. It seems really cliché just by reading it. But, it doesn’t seem like when you start watching the show. When we first meet Meliodas, he isn’t a wimpy main character. He is powerful, and defeats enemies with ease with holding back. Now the question : Is it worth to watch a show when MC is overpowered? Yes, because not every Holy Knight or enemy is weak. Even early on we meet enemies that appear to be much more powerful, creating the tension that lasts throughout the whole series.

The story is a little bit fast paced, making it very dynamic. It doesn’t answer every question, as it caught up with the manga which is still ongoing, but it didn’t butcher the source material. It’s a really good adaptation with really great story.

There is an Ecchi tag, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be looking at bare breasts every episode. It’s more for comedic purposes, and usually revolves around Meliodas and Elizabeth only. If you don’t like Ecchi at all, this may trouble you, but I think that the amount of it that is in the show is rather well thought and doesn’t ruin anything.

CHARACTERS – 9/10

Characters

Seven Deadly Sins’ characters are very memorable and they differ a lot from any archetype there is. While they may appear like that at first glance, after few more scenes with them you realize that’s not the case. They have rich backstory that is touched upon in most cases, and their interactions are just top-notch. They designs and powers are also really well designed, and while some may appear stereotypical, combining them with their personalities create a mix of characters that are unique.

Meliodas

Meliodas : Captain of Seven Deadly Sins, the Dragon’s Sin of Wrath. He is very short, with blonde hair. He is a man, however due to his looks he is mistaken for a kid. He is very perverted towards Elizabeth. Meliodas is very confident and courageous. He has green eyes and is usually seen wearing a smile or telling jokes. He is the owner of Boar’s Hat, a bar he sets up to gather information about other sins.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Liones : A 16 years old princess with silvery hair and blue eye. She is wearing an earring that symbolizes the royal family. She is very naive, cute but can be bold if the situation arises. She usually doesn’t mind Meliodas having his way with her. She is very selfless, willing to protect people of her kingdom even though she has no power of her own. She respects the Seven Deadly Sins, addressing them with titles Lord and Lady respectively.

Hawk

Hawk : Talking pig that travels with Meliodas, cleaning the mess in the bar. Hawk is very annoyed by Elizabeth being an air-head, and when Meliodas does perverted things to her. He cares a lot about his friends though, but is seen to be a mama’s boy, crying for her help most of the times. He has a big ego and is very prideful, usually claiming he is stronger than Sins.

ANIMATION AND ART – 9/10

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Nanatsu no Taizai has a very colourful and vivid art. It’s very bright and detailed. Backgrounds look really nice as well as characters themselves. It’s really nice to look at, and pays great attention to details.

Series is uncensored, as such, blood and dismemberment is there. It adds a lot of seriousness to the show, making it that much better. You’ll often see characters getting impaled, their legs, hands flying around the screen. It looks really well combined with amazing animation. Speaking of which…

The animation is fantastic. While it may feel just decent for 1-2 episodes, you can be sure that it’s because the fight is going to happen really soon, and that’s where it shines the most. They are fluid, effects are fantastic. You can’t really say anything bad about it to be fair, because it stands out amongst other action series.

Bad thing? It may be too colourful for the story, but I think it adds a lot to the series because of that. Some people said it looks more like an typical happy-go-lucky show, but then shit hits the fan and blood is everywhere.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8.5/10

Seven Deadly Sins has really amazing soundtrack. The tunes are fantastic, and they are matched to the scenes they belong. It’s a really good mix of various genres that stands out even when you listen to it on it’s own with no background animation and voices. I found great joy in listening to it while playing games or doing various other stuff on my computer.

Series has 2 openings and endings. All of them are really great, with really nice visuals to go along. If I were to choose though, I’d go for first opening and second ending. They are just a little bit better and hit right into my “I love it” place.

The series hasn’t been licensed for dubbing yet. However, Japanese Seiyuu are fantastic. They add a lot of personality to the characters, especially Meliodas’ voice actor, who also voiced the likes of Issei Hyoudou from Highschool D×D. They are really good and they made the characters much more enjoyable, as they fit the characters they voice.

FINAL VERDICT – 8.5/10

Final words

Nanatsu no Taizai – series about banished warriors trying to help the escapee princess get her Kingdom back. It’s full of comedy, action, and serious moments, combined with great technical side and characters. For many people, this is the better version of other series, Fairy Tail. It has Ecchi, sure, but it’s not the focal point, and even without it the series wouldn’t be harmed in any way. If you can’t stand it though in whatever form it is, you may wanna see the first episodes and judge then. It’s a series that is worth taking a shot at even if you’re turned off by the key visual or ecchi tag.